Kinky medic who fondled with genitals is banged up
AN osteopath who meted out inappropriate treatments to patients over a 12-year period has been jailed for 18 months.
Former practitioner Mark Piraino’s life was described by his defence barrister as being “in ruins” after he was convicted on ten charges.
When male patients went to see Piraino at his establishments suffering from merely headaches or a knee injuries, the twisted medic seemed more interest in the groin area, a court heard.
Piraino, 40, would tell them to strip naked and then touch and fondle their genitals.
On one occasion he even told a young student to bring along porn as he needed to get an erection before he could be diagnosed for possible testicular cancer, it was said.
Piraino, a married father of two young daughters, denied all wrongdoing but a jury found him guilty on five counts of sexual activity with a child and a further five of indecent assault.
Piraino was a tutor at the European School of Osteopathy, in Maidstone, Kent, as well as running the Westway Clinic, in Redhill, Surrey, and working at the Body Balance in Romford, Essex.
He now faces being struck off by the General Osteopathic Council.
Jailing him at Guildford Crown Court, Judge Michael Addison said the defendant’s crimes represented “a gross breach of trust”.